What are your Market Basket surprises?
I shop at the MB in North Billerica which is an old-time MB complete with dingy lighting, sawdust floors, and fairly straightforward stock that would appeal to a town that has a lot of traditional Yankee working-class citizens.
Still, sometimes I see something that just surprises me that it would be in this store.
Today, there was the most beautiful eel in the seafood case. It was artfully curved around bags of mussels. I stood there and admired not just the eel but how it was presented.
In the dairy case, pre-made organic guacomole for $1.50 had me scrutinizing those little price tags on the shelf because I felt sure this must be a mistake.
Previous discoveries include pickled lambs tongues which look just like one would imagine,
Have you ever seen anything in a MB that seemed out-of-place and had you wondering how it got there?
Favorite deals courtesy of my BF who is a MB fanatic:
Organic milk/half and half significantly cheaper
Lobsters are often $4.99
MB brand organic chicken stock $1.50
Conventionally farmed apples are easily 50% cheaper than anywhere else
Exotic produce at the Somerville location has a quick turnover and is very fresh
Barilla pasta is consistently cheaper
However, many MB house brand foods contain high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil--read labels!
My favorite is my favorite cleaning product Bon Ami is $.89
I also love the wide selection of queso fresco
split sheep's heads, beef hearts, and whole cow tongues have been a few of my pleasant surprises.
I recently tried MB whole wheat pasta, somewhat skeptically, but it's better (and cheaper) than the national brands. Not exactly exotic, however. I have noticed some inventory changes that are aimed at somewhat more diversity than they used to offer. I am in that MB on occasion, but more often in Wilm or Tewks. There are differences in inventory from one MB to another, even same-size stores in the same town. The one on DWH near the Pheasant Lane Mall seems to have a larger fresh seafood section than typical, including fish heads.
Alas and alack...yesterday at the Reading MB there was no:
Vlados imported-style prosciutto
Queso fresco (the fellow we asked didn't even know what it is... harumph!)
Didn't look for split sheep's heads, beef hearts, and whole cow tongues, however, due to the eeewww factor in my brain.
The biggest surprise at MB is be able to shop without being crushed between two old women's shopping carts...
How about Pellegrino at 99 cents a bottle - I noticed it was "on sale" last week at Shaws for $2.49.
They also carry an Italian-style chicken sausage, DeLuigi, which as good as pork.
This week at the Danvers MB: end pieces from the deli - so inexpensive. cheese for making into quiche, some nice salami. Often, there are pieces of prosciutto and we've also bought that Spanish type of ham (can't remember the name...). Also, in the meal aisle - goat meat at around $3.00 a pound. Also, bought four pounds of ground lamb for less than a dollar. Must have been a pricing mistake, but the best by date was for the preceding day. Made a huge amount of lamb meatballs and shepherd's pie. I felt like I had won the lottery!